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Physical Education GCE A Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Physical Education is an ideal course for those who wish to develop their understanding of key issues within sport. It provides links to many careers, including physiotherapy, sports coaching, PE teaching and many others.

You will learn to analyse performances in terms of anatomy, physiology, psychology and socio-cultural issues. The emphasis is on linking theories to practical activities, developing knowledge and understanding of the factors that enable you to be physically active and successful within sport.


Course content

A Level (year two)

Unit Three: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education

You will cover the following areas:

  • Historical Studies

You will explore the development of sport from its pre-industrial roots, through to today.

Sports Psychology

You will analyse the impact of psychology on performance, including topics such as; personality, anxiety and motivation.

  • Exercise and Sport Physiology

You will evaluate the impact of training methods on performance and the physiological factors that influence successful performance.

Unit Four: The Improvement of Effective Performance and the Critical Evaluation of Practical Activities in Physical Education

  • Practical Assessment of one practical activity
  • Evaluate performance of a fellow student and create a plan of improvement, in discussion with your teacher.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have completed GCSE PE to at least a grade C as the units are designed to provide progression. However, if you have not, you will not be excluded from this option.


A Level

70% = 2.5 hour theory paper

30% = One practical assessment and an oral evaluation

Further information

Exam results have been consistently well above the national average. Physical Education complements other subjects such as Psychology, Biology and Business Studies. It also goes well with BTEC Sports vocational courses. It can lead to careers in teaching, coaching and management as well as entry to a huge range of sports-related degrees at universities in sports development, sport with management studies, sports science, sports rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years